picky

adjective
\ ˈpi-kē How to pronounce picky (audio) \
pickier; pickiest

Definition of picky

: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : fussy, choosy a picky eater Because pen collectors are a picky lot, and some antiques dealers who are not in the pen business can overlook the details of condition, there is occasional friction.— Bill Holland With rising ticket prices and new competition from cable TV, cost-conscious families may be pickier about the movies they choose to see.— David Ansen and Martin Kasindorf

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Other Words from picky

pickiness noun
Taylor mocks Zavala for the size of his extended Mexican family, their endless chatter and the frequency of their quinceaneras. Zavala ribs Taylor for his white-person pickiness about artisanal coffee and marriage. — Belinda Luscombe Now jobless and forced to live with five housemates in San Jose, Calif., she comes away from every job interview discouraged by employers' pickiness. — Daniel McGinn

Examples of picky in a Sentence

a picky cat who would only eat one particular kind of food, and only if it was served in his special dish she's picky, but she always finds the best quality in fresh meat and fish
Recent Examples on the Web But in these pandemic times, even an epicurean who is not particularly picky can find himself with limited options. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk, an NBA foodie on the road amid a pandemic, offers his restaurant reviews," 31 Dec. 2020 The Ravens can’t be picky about where help comes from, but there is an obvious candidate. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens know they need to keep winning. They also know that might not be enough.," 23 Dec. 2020 And at this level of warmth, the difference between the UL and the 8.8-ounce 800-fill version is really only going to be noticed by picky ounce counters. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, "Do You Actually Need a 1,000-Fill Down Jacket?," 23 Dec. 2020 Only Arizona has set as picky a threshold as Oregon, while neighboring Washington pivoted this week to allow schools in communities with as many as 350 new cases per 100,000 to remain open. oregonlive, "Some parents say enough is enough as Oregon’s school reopening guidelines remain among strictest in nation," 22 Dec. 2020 Without a thermometer on hand, getting spot-on tap water for your kitchen adventures—110 degrees to bloom yeast, or 65 to water a particularly picky potted herb, for example—is a game of guesswork. Popular Science, "The 8 most helpful new home products of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Even picky players will love these holiday picks and accessories. Jess Grey, Wired, "15 Table-Ready Gifts for Board Game Lovers," 12 Dec. 2020 Rothman recognizes that kids can be picky, and some may not be getting the proper nutrition from the ideal source, food. Washington Post, "How my online mom group sent me down a rabbit hole of direct-sales supplements for kids," 4 Dec. 2020 Without a thermometer on hand, getting spot-on tap water for your kitchen adventures—110 degrees to bloom yeast, or 65 to water a particularly picky potted herb, for example—is a game of guesswork. Popular Science, "The 8 most helpful new home products of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of picky

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of picky was in 1917

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6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Picky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picky. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for picky

picky

adjective
How to pronounce picky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of picky

: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : hard to please

picky

adjective
\ ˈpi-kē How to pronounce picky (audio) \
pickier; pickiest

Kids Definition of picky

: hard to please a picky eater

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